Brown University

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Brown University


$34,620 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

January 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


There are 6 library buildings on campus: The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library serves as the primary teaching and research library for the humanities and social sciences. The Sciences Library houses the materials in the physical, biological, and medical sciences, as well as the media collections and services that support classroom instruction. The Orwig Music Library houses the general collections of music materials, including books, periodicals, scores, sound recordings, and music videos. The Art Slide Library contains slides and photographs related to art and architecture. The John Hay Library houses the University’s rare books, manuscripts, archives, and many world-renowned special collections, including the McClellan Lincoln Collection, the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Drama, and the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection. The John Carter Brown Library contains an internationally-renown collection of primary historical materials pertaining to the history of the Americas prior to about 1825. In addition, the off-campus Library Collections Annex provides storage capacity for 1.7 million volumes of lesser-used library materials.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 3,509,710 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 21,888 current serial subscriptions.
  • 1,928,655 microforms.
  • 1,172,256 Audio/Visual items.
  • 599,079 e-books.

Museums & Art

1. David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University: 4,000 prints, drawings and photographs from 1500 to present; research fields include 20th and 21st century art. 2. Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology (Bristol, Rhode Island) and satellite gallery at Manning Hall, Brown University: Considered one of the leading anthropological teaching museums in the northeast, the museum houses Native American, Eastern European, Mid-Eastern, Asian, Pacific, and African collections; research fields include anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology. 3. John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, Brown University: Located within the Nightingale-Brown House (a National Historic Landmark), the Center maintains a collection of archives created by members of the Brown family, spanning the period from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. 4. Annmary Brown Memorial, Brown University: Houses exhibits of European and American paintings from the 17th through the 20th centuries, the Mazansky British Sword Collection, Brown family heirlooms, and personal momentos from General Rush Hawkins.



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Other

Campus Resources

  • 317 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 3,000 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 1,320 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 350 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 1,180 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are not permitted.
  • Online class registration is not available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 6,000 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, health insurance


writing, study skills


minority student, career, personal, academic, older student, psychological, birth control, religious


on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 80% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 39% of housing units are Singles.
  • 47% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 4% of housing units are Triples.
  • 10% of housing units are Apartments.
  • In total, there are 48 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 85% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Various speaker events, cultural month events and convocations, student organization dances, socials, performances, athletic events, spring weekend.
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 350 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Athletes in Action, Baha’i Group, Brown Catholic Community, Buddhism Society, Call To Worship, Catholic Pastoral Council, Chabad Chassidic Club, Christian Fellowship, Christian Science, College Hill for Christ, Episcopalians at Brown, Gospel Choir, Heathen/Pagan discussion, Hillel Student Executive Board, Hindu Group, Interfaith Program House, Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Multi-Faith Council, Muslim Students’ Association, Orthodox Christian Students Association, Quaker Student Group, Reformed University Fellowship, Seventh Day Adventists, Unitarian Universalist Undergraduate Group, With One Voice, Zen Community, Ziggurat
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) African Sun, African Students Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Anime Society, Arab Club, Armenian Students Association, Asian American Students Association, Awaaz South Asian Journal of Arts, Bethune Black Graduate Students Society, The Brotherhood, Brownzilians, Bulgarian Club , Buxton International House, Canadian Club, Cape Verdean Students Association, Celtic Cultural Organization, China Care Brown, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Chinese Students Association, El Concilio Latino, Delta Sigma Theta, La Federacion de Estudiantes Puertorriquenos, Filipino Alliance, French House, Friends of Turkey, German Club, Global Nomads, Haitian Students Association, Hanuri, Hapa Club, Harambee House, Hawaii Club, Hellenic Students Association, Hispanic House, Hong Kong Student’s Association, International Organization, Italian Club, Japanese Cultural Association, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Korean Adoptee Mentoring Program, Korean American Students Association, Korean Graduate Students Association, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc. , Latin-American Students Organization, Lion Dance, Macondo, Merlions, MEZCLA, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlan, Native Americans at Brown, National Society of Black Engineers, The Next Thing, ONYX, Organization of Multi-Racial and Bi-Racial Students, Organization of United African Peoples, Pakistani Students at Brown, Persian Club, Phi Kappa Psi – RI Alpha, Russian Club, Sigma Lamda Upsilon Sorority Inc. , Sistahs United, SOMOS, South Asian Students Association, South Asian Women’s Collective, Southeast Asian Coalition, Students for Free Tibet, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, Sugarcane, Swiss-World International Student Society, Taiko, Taiwan Society, Thai Students Association, Turkish Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Visions, Yarmulkazi Klezmer Band
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Active Minds, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, American Civil Liberties Union, American Sign Language Club, Americans for Informed Democracy, Amnesty International, Animal Rights Coalition, ARRR, Art House, Association for Cooperative Housing, Student Athletic Advisory Council, Attitude, Ballroom Dance Club and Team, Brown Band, Bear Necessities, Beasts of Funny, Big Brothers, Bio-Medical Engineering Society, Break Dancing Club, Brown Broadcasting Service, Brown Brokers, Brown’sTones, Brownzilians, Bruin Club, Bruinettes Pom Squad, Catalyst, Celtic Cultural Organization, CHAISE, Chattertocks, Chess Club, Brown University Chorus, Circle K, Class Coordinating Board, Brown Classical Journal, Clerestory, Club Field Hockey, Club Ice Hockey, Coalition Against Relationship Abuse, Coalition for Social Justice, Coalition of Bands at Brown, College Bowl, Brown College Republicans, Common Ground, Computer Network Management Group, Brown Concert Agency, Contra and Folk Dance Society, Critical Review, Cultural Activities Board, Cycling Club, Dead White Men A Festival of Classics, Debating Union, Departmental Undergraduate Groups for 30+ academic depts, Delta Phi, Delta Tau, Democracy Matters, Brown Democrats, Brown Derbies, Disability Awareness Council, Divine Rhythm, DonorsChoose, Engineering Society, Engineers Without Borders, Entrepreneurship Program, Environmental House, Brown Environmentalist Action Network, Fantasy Gaming Society, La Federacion de Estudiantes Puertorriquenos, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Film Society, Flying Club, Friends of Falun Gong, Fusion Dance Company, Games House, Go Association, GradForum, Graduate Student Council, Greek Council, Green Party, Habitat for Humanity, Harmonic Motion, HI-T, Higher Keys, Hourglass Caf? ? , IAESTE Brown University, IMPROVidence, imPulse dance company, International Socialist Organization, Investment Group, Issues Magazine, Ivy Film Festival, Jabberwocks, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Brown Jug, Kappa Alpha Theta, Key Society, Lecture Board, LINUX Users Group, Lip Service, Madrigal Singers, Mah Jong Club, Mediation Project, Medical School Student Senate, Men’s Club Lacrosse, Men’s Club Soccer, Men’s Club Tennis, Men’s Rugby Club, Men? ? ? s Ultimate Team, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Musical Forum, New Jersey Coalition, New Music, New Scientist Program, Open Mat Sparring Club, Orchestra, Organization of Transfer Students, Organization of Women Leaders, Original Music Group, Out of Bounds, Out of Hand Juggling Club, Outdoor Leadership Training, Outing Club, Oxfam, Parenthesis, Photo Club, Pre-Law Society, Pre-Med Chapter AMSA, Production Workshop, Providence Allied CPR Education, Psychology DUG, Queer Alliance, Real Estate Investment, Residential Council, Resumed Undergraduate Student Association, Running Club, SafeWalk, Salsa Club, Shades of Brown, Shakespeare on the Green, Shotokan Karate Club, Sigma Chi, Snowboarding Club, Society for Clinical Research for Undergraduates, Soul Cypher, Space Club, Special Events Committee, St. Anthony Hall Kappa Chapter, Stand Up Comics, Student Activities Advisory Board, Student Art Forum, Student Labor Alliance, Student Martial Arts Coalition, Brown Student Radio, Student Union, Students for AIDS Awareness, Students for Choice, Students for Free Tibet, Students for Israel, Students for Liberty, Students for Life, Students for Sensible Drug Policy , Surf Club, Sustainable Food Initiative, Swing Club, Table Tennis Club, Taekwondo Club, Taiko, Tang Soo Do Club, Tau Beta Pi, Technology House, Brown Television, Theta Delta Chi, Tikkun Club, Undergraduate Council of Students, Undergraduate Finance Board, Underground, UNICEF Club, Ursa Minors, Watershed, What’s on Tap, Women Students at Brown, Women’s Club Soccer, Women’s Club Tennis, Women’s Rugby Club, Women’s Ultimate Team, WORD Performance Poetry, Yacht Club, Yarmulkazai Klezmer Band, Young Communist League, Young Minority Investors, Zeta Delta Xi
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) Brown Daily Herald (daily), College Hill Independent (weekly)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Warwick, RI (10), Boston, MA (50)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Providence, RI (1)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Providence, RI (1)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • Not all students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 10% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 30% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,000
  • Freshman are discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 13 fraternities
  • 9 fraternity houses
  • 10% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 5 sororities
  • 2 sorority houses
  • 7% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (Providence College)
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, other

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